January 30th, 2007

please But!

A sign of things to come

So, I started ASL 2A class tonight. To my left were five women, two older and two younger. To my right, two rather old women and an older man sat, the man farthest to the right.

The two older women to my right began signing quickly and fluently with the teacher, and I had no idea at all what they were talking about. I felt rather lost and a bit intimidated. Sure, I haven't taken ASL since I took 1B last spring, but they were way out of my league.

After a while, the two women switched places, which I thought was a bit odd. Then the man far to my right got a hand-out, and held it right up to his face to read it, and then I noticed the woman next to him was repeating what the teacher was signing, right next to him.

He's deafblind, and I was sitting next to his interpreters. Whew... I was relieved.

When we were leaving the class, two of the younger women expressed their relief as well.

Cross-posted to signing.
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